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First World War Centenary

War poet Siegfried Sassoon outside his home, Heytesbury House

In August last year a pilot digitisation project was organised for the Department of Documents and Sound and it was agreed that the first selection of objects would be made from the collection of the war poet, Siegfried Sassoon.

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Image © IWM (ORD 108)

The 9.2-inch heavy howitzer, previously on display in our atrium will feature in the new First World War Galleries opening summer 2014. Image © IWM (ORD 108)

IWM sees the 1916 Battle of the Somme as a turning point in Britain’s experience of the First World War. As a result, we will explore the battle in detail in our new First World War Galleries, opening in summer 2014.

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A poster for Crystal Palace with the Great War Exhibition – Imperial War Museum which opened on 9 June 1920.

Plans to erect a replica of the Crystal Palace in south London have recently been unveiled, but how much do we know about the building’s use after the Great Exhibition of 1851?

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Trench Football

Trench Football – one of the objects researched by Amy and the Youth Panel

As I had taken part in an IWM Summer School, the cake-filled welcome to my first IWM Youth Panel meeting felt like home. After getting to know each other in the best way possible – sharing embarrassing childhood tales – we climbed further into the heights of the building to the iconic dome itself for our introduction.

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Summer School students researching our collections in the Department of Documents

Summer School attendee Lily is our final guest blogger. Here she describes how she and other students used an item from our collections as inspiration to create silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War galleries, opening in 2014…

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The Humber Pig after conservation at IWM Duxford

As those who have visited IWM London since re-opening may have noticed, we are gearing up for the reinstallation of the large objects to the new atrium and First World War galleries.

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Summer School attendee Catherine is our fourth guest blogger. Here she describes how she and other students used an item from our collections as inspiration to create silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War galleries, opening in 2014…

Catherine gets down to research about the psychological imapct of the First World War

When my history teacher first told me that IWM was hosting two Summer Schools on the First World War, my first thought was ‘I have to go on this’. It certainly wasn’t ‘I think we could make an animation using light’.

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Here’s our third guest post from Rubina, who attended our Summer Schools, where she and other students used items from our collections as inspiration as they created silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War Galleries opening in 2014…

Rubina works with other New Perspectives summer school students to research the Psychological Impact of the First World War

Choosing either physical or psychological impact wasn’t a tough choice. I knew I wanted to explore the psychological impact of the First World War because it was somewhat under the radar when it came to learning about the war at school.

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